Mary Ellen Williams Golby Essay Award

This $500 prize is awarded for the best essay or project by an English major that focuses on social justice, antiracism, or anti-ableism. The essay or project must be from a UW-Madison English course, and the applicant must be a women-identified person.

Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards and prizes. It is recommended that students contact the financial aid office to learn about impact on current aid packages prior to applying.

For more general information or questions contact Erin Polnaszek Boyd, Undergraduate Advisor, at

Department of English
Supplemental Questions
  1. What is your current gender (check all that apply)?
  2. In order to apply for this award the essay must have been for an English course. Please write in the name and number of the English course for which this essay was completed.
  3. Please provide the context from which your paper or project was created. Briefly describe the assignment for which the paper was written, including whether it was written in response to a specific prompt or to address assignment directions. For example, were you assigned a particular theme, passage, or text to write on, or a problem, research questions, or data set on which to write?
  4. I understand that a cover sheet for my uploaded project or paper must include my full name, my year in school, the course name and number for which the paper or project was written; the instructor's name; and the title of the paper or project. I further understand that my project and cover sheet must be uploaded in PDF format.
  5. Please upload your paper with cover page here in PDF format. The cover sheet for your uploaded paper must include full name, year in school, and the title of the paper.